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Thug is jailed over botched road rage attack which saw mother-of-two, 25, stabbed to death


Thug is jailed over botched road rage attack which saw mother-of-two, 25, stabbed to death by her sister’s ex-after she and her boyfriend mowed him down

  • Anthony Spring, 31, ploughed a van into Lucas Barnard in Rushden in 2019  
  • He was joined by friends Jake Swords, 27, and Levi Davis, 25, and trio ran over 
  • They attacked Mr Barnard with a knife but he grabbed it and stabbed Davis  

A thug has been jailed over a botched road rage attack which saw a mother of two stabbed to death by her sister’s ex-boyfriend.  

Anthony Spring, 31, ploughed a van into Lucas Barnard in Rushden, Northamptonshire, alongside his friends Jake Swords, 27, and Levi Davis, 25. 

Young mother Davis had fallen out with her sister Jordan who was dating Mr Barnard, 28, and was joined by her boyfriend Swords and friend Spring as she went out hunting for Mr Barnard.   

Once the trio had rammed into Mr Barnard with a van, they attacked him with a knife during the incident on December 7, 2019.  

Mr Barnard suffered a broken leg but he managed to grab the knife and fatally stab Davis in the chest before escaping to his mother’s house nearby.

Swords took the bloodied knife and gave it to Spring who wiped it on the grass and ran off before police arrived. 

Anthony Spring (pictured), 31, ploughed a van into Lucas Barnard in Rushden, Northamptonshire, alongside his friends Jake Swords, 27, and Levi Davis, 25.

Anthony Spring (pictured), 31, ploughed a van into Lucas Barnard in Rushden, Northamptonshire, alongside his friends Jake Swords, 27, and Levi Davis, 25.

Mr Barnard was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was released without charge when CCTV proved he acted in self-defence. 

Swords, who was charged with the attempted murder of Mr Barnard, died in prison last year. 

On Friday Spring, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after he admitted possession of an offensive weapon and for assisting an offender. 

Her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking said: ‘You assisted an offender by hiding a knife that had just been used to stab someone.

‘It was an incident in a public street. You witnessed that incident and saw the extent of the violence.

‘The reality is that Mr Barnard was stabbed in the course of that incident.

Jake Swords, 27

Levi Davis, 25

The trio then ran after Mr Barnard and attacked him with a knife during the incident on December 7, 2019. Left: Jake Swords, 27. Right: His girlfriend, Levi Davis, 25

‘You knew Lucas Barnard was injured and that Levi Davis was seriously injured.

‘The concealment of the knife might have meant that the crown may never have known that Jake Swords had a knife.’ 

The court heard Davis, who leaves two daughters aged two and five, went after Mr Barnard with Swords after falling out with her sister Jordan Davis.

Anwar Nashashibi, prosecuting, said: ‘Jordan was seeing Lucas Barnard. There was a falling out between the sisters that came to a head on December 7.

In further twist, Swords (pictured), who was charged with attempting to murder Mr Barnard, died last month in prison before his trial

In further twist, Swords (pictured), who was charged with attempting to murder Mr Barnard, died last month in prison before his trial

‘The defendant (Spring) knew of the quarrel that was coming to a head that evening.

‘About ten minutes later, Jake Swords and Levi Davis drove to drop off Levi’s children at the grandmother’s house and went to Washbrook Road where knives were collected.

‘They picked up this defendant and drove off looking for Lucas Barnard.’

The group spotted Mr Barnard and mowed him down while he ran to his car before attacking him on the ground. 

Mr Nashasibi added: ‘In the course of that fight Levi Davis received that fatal blow, with Mr Barnard taking the knife which injured her, causing her to collapse.’

Before he was jailed, Spring told the court: ‘Levi was in the wrong place at the wrong time. She had nothing to do with it.’ 

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